Fliegauf Benedek’s JUST THE WIND to screen in Berlinale Competition
by Fabien Lemercier / Cineuropa.org
It’s back to Berlin, but this time in competition for Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf, who was discovered in the Forum section in 2003 with his debut feature Forest. He will be in the race for the Golden Bear at the 62nd Berlinale (February 9-19, 2012) with his 5th feature: Just The Wind.
The 37-year-old director hasn’t wasted his time along the way for he has made a string of films, including the multiple award-winning Dealer in 2004, the experimental Milky Way (Golden Leopard at Locarno in the Filmmakers of the Present 2007) and the English-language film Womb (in competition at Locarno in 2010).
A rural thriller set against a backdrop of racism and centred on a gypsy family from the Great Plains stalked by killers, Just The Wind was produced by Hungary’s Inforg-M&M Film and co-produced by Germany (The Post Republic) and France (Paprika Films).
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The story of four members of a gypsy family who live on an isolated farm in Hungary: Anna, a young teenager who goes to school; her 11-year-old brother Rio who has created a hiding place in an abandoned barn; their mother Mari who works as a cleaner in the neighbouring village; and their grandfather Tomi who has been weakened by a stroke. It’s summer. Over the past few months, a gang of "hunters" has been committing racist crimes, attacking gypsy families, burning their homes and killing the inhabitants, where the gypsies are nicknamed "the crows". Anna, Rio and Mari will have a brush with unseen danger, until the day the hunters arrive.